India wants to end air pollution from diesel smoke emissions

Indian Engineers have developed the world’s first technology capable of capturing gas emissions associated with the use of diesel engines.

The system is attached to the rear of diesel generators in order to collect the smoke emissions. The equipment captures up to 90 % of the soot particles emitted by the diesel engine.

The soot collected is then sold to ink manufacturers who use it in the design of their ink.

Pollution in India is a major issue and Chakr Innovation has made it one of its mission to help prevent the damages caused by diesel generators to the air of India.

“We are aiming to bring down the pollution level in the major cities of India by a very significant percentage in a very short span of time,” said Arpit Dhupar, the cofounder of Chakr Innovation in an interview with Le Monde.

Since 2016, 53 devices, called Chakr Shield, were sold to local businesses. This means that 500 kg of soot particles were collected and 200 000 litres of ink were produced.

According to Chakr Innovation, each litre of ink produced using the Chakr Shield system purifies up to 700 million litres of air, which is also the amount of air an individual will breathe over their lifetime.

Diesel engines are mainly used during power outages. India suffers from power cuts daily and according to Quartz India, an Indian media, millions or tens of millions are without electricity in India daily. Chakr Innovation claims that being exposed to the polluted air of diesel smoke on a daily basis can reduce a life expectancy by 11 months.

Delhi, India’s capital was once given the title of the most polluted city in the world by the World Health Organization. According to Le Monde, 1.1 million citizens of India die every year from the effects of air pollution.

The system imagined by the team of engineers of Chakr Innovation promises a solution to India’s major air pollution problem.

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